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What is elder neglect?

Sharine Forbes
Geriatric Medicine

Elder neglect can manifest itself in many different forms, ranging from the mental to the physical. An example of elder neglect by a caregiver is not bathing them as needed, not giving them their medication as needed etc. Neglecting an elder is punishable by law as it is considered to be a form of abuse. There is also elder self-neglect in which the individual does not properly take care of themselves. An example of elder self-neglect in not taking prescriptions as prescribed, not eating when hungry and not tending to the activities of daily living as they should. 

It is important to recognize that neglect can be both intentional and non-intentional. If you feel that someone is being neglected it is important to contact local authorities so that they can protect the elder.

 

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